College Access & Persistence Counselor

At Success Academy, we believe that all students–regardless of zip code or socioeconomic status–deserve the opportunity not only to attend college, but to persist through college. As such, we are working to create exceptional, world-class public schools that serve children from all backgrounds and prepare them with the subject mastery and skills to succeed in college and life.

Since opening our first Harlem school in 2006, Success Academy has swiftly grown to 41 high-performing schools, serving 14,000 kids from Bed-Stuy to the Bronx.
In 2014, we opened our first high school, which will graduate its founding class in Spring of 2018.

In all grades, pre-K through 12, our exploration-driven curriculum focuses on the whole child and includes chess, art, and other specialized subjects that bring excitement to the school day and foster a lifelong love of learning. Our elementary and middle schools rank in the top 1% in math and top 3% in reading among all New York schools, and this standard of excellence has been extended to our high school. The majority of our scholars are low-income students of color who will proudly be the first in their families to attend and graduate from college.

As our high school grows, we seek to hire a College Access & Persistence Counselor to join our team of college counselors. This position reports to our Director of College Access & Persistence.

The College Access & Persistence Counselor will:

- Collaborate with the Director of College Access & Persistence and the rest of the College Team to design and refine a revolutionary College Counseling model with an eye toward long-term college persistence;
- Starting in Fall 2018, guide approximately 50 seniors per year through the college search, application, and selection process;
- Work with families to bolster college knowledge and engagement in the college search and financial aid processes;
- Monitor and support students’ academic and non-academic persistence goals (e.g. organizational skills, self-advocacy, grit) from 9th grade through the sophomore year of college.

The College Access & Persistence Counselor should be someone who:

- Is passionate about college access and completion for low-income scholars, first-generation scholars, and scholars from ethnically underrepresented groups in higher education;
- Has a deep understanding of the evolving college admissions landscape;
- Is excited to work relentlessly and creatively to tackle college persistence challenges with scholars in the K-12 years;
- Possesses fantastic written and verbal communication skills, including strong public speaking skills;
- Is able to form strong relationships with a wide range of constituents, including, but not limited to, parents, scholars, staff, leadership, and college admissions officers;
- Can initiate, plan, and execute concurrent, deadline-driven projects from beginning to end with flawless attention to detail;
- Seeks to work at a fast-paced, highly collaborative, compassionate, start-up organization, where entrepreneurialism, innovation, feedback, and disrupting the status quo for the benefit of children are valorized; and
- Is a learner.

To apply, upload a resume and cover letter that outlines your candidacy. Your cover letter should explain in detail your qualifications for the position. Resumes without cover letters will not be reviewed.

Success Academy Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Success Academy offers a full benefits program and opportunities for professional growth.

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